Anna Sansom

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Protest

Arc de Triomphe to reopen after vandalism by 'Yellow Vest' protestors in Paris

But the bust of Napoleon is still being restored

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Politics

Museums and auction houses close as 'yellow vest' protests rage in Paris

Jeu de Paume photography gallery and Arc de Triomphe caught up in violent demonstrations

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Art Basel

Art Düsseldorf exhibitors react to MCH Group's decision to sell stake in fair

Art Basel owner's move has divided the opinions of dealers, but Art Düsseldorf's founders remain optimistic

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Art law

Jeff Koons loses French lawsuit over ‘slavish copy’ of Naf Naf advert

US artist ordered to pay damages and costs, but Fair d’Hiver sculpture escapes seizure

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National Museum of Qatar

Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar announces opening date

Architect, who also designed the Louvre Abu Dhabi, drew inspiration from the crystalline forms that emerge in the desert

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Photography

Martine Franck comes into focus at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson's new Paris space

Inaugural show honours Belgian photographer and Cartier-Bresson's wife, who created the foundation to preserve their legacy

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Disasters & destruction

Flood-damaged tapestries by Miro return to Venice museum in time for exhibition opening

The two works at Palazzo Zaguri were found submerged in water on Monday night

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Prizes

Clément Cogitore wins the Prix Marcel Duchamp, France’s leading contemporary art prize

French artist uses hundreds of images of stock photography

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Conservation

Syria's Palmyra to be ready for tourists by summer 2019 as cost to rebuild Homs reaches $2bn

Authorities says they have received "good offers from the world powers" to help conserve ancient sites

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Exhibitions

Playtime: how artists have been unleashing their inner child this summer

From superhero action figures to Chianti-infused treasure hunts and poolside art, exhibitions are exploring the importance of play

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Art schools

Director of France's beleaguered national arts academy criticises culture minister for lack of support

Jean-Marc Bustamante has not had his contract renewed at ENSBA, where teachers have been accused of sexual harassment

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Museums

Can a brand new museum boost ancient Nîmes’s Unesco bid?

Musée de la Romanité, dedicated to the city's Roman history, cost almost €60m to build

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Art market

ARCOlisboa grows, but still needs more international galleries

Third edition of the fair in Portuguese capital reflects Lisbon's expanding art scene and improving economy

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Exhibitions

Paris celebrates 50th anniversary of May ‘68 protests with shows and new commissions

Institutions remember the turbulent period and consider its legacy

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Art market

Art Paris at 20 years struggles to connect with an international audience

With an emphasis on the French scene, the fair walks a fine line between boosterism and parochialism

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Art market

Christie's Paris to auction scientist Ilya Prigogine's collection of pre-Columbian artefacts

The ritual objects include Mezcala and Chontal sculpture, plus Olmec stone celts

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Art market

Rediscovered painting by the Le Nain brothers goes to auction in France

The 17th-century work, a depiction of Christ as a child, could set a new artist record in June

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Art market

Drawings week hits Paris

The 27th edition of Salon du Dessin at Palais Brongniart assembles 39 dealers from Europe and the US

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Controversies

Adel Abdessemed’s blazing chickens withdrawn from Lyon show

Violent animal video triggers another avalanche of criticism for provocative Algerian artist

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Protest

Activists protest Louvre's oil ties

Paris-based group criticises sponsorship by French oil company Total

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Art market

New antiques biennial, Sublime, to launch in Paris

Event founded by Christian Deydier is scheduled to debut one month after La Biennale Paris, to coincide with Fiac

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Palestine

Gifts multiply for fledgling Palestinian museum’s solidarity collection

Sixty works donated by European and Arab artists will stay at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris until a permanent home is built

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Exhibitions

Adel Abdessemed makes sculpture of nude Angela Merkel

Marble work, which goes on show in Lyon this week, is based on a photograph when the German chancellor was a member of the Free German Youth movement

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Art market

Cyborgs and utopias: Arco looks to the future

Arco Madrid is changing strategy for its 37th edition (21-25 February)

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Exhibitions

Sheila Hicks: an American with wool in Paris

Artist talks about her inspirations ahead of Pompidou exhibition

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Art market

Pavilion of Art + Design joins Artgenève for seventh edition

The Paris- and London-based design fair looks to forge Francophone links in collector-rich region

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Alberto Giacometti

New institute to reconstruct Giacometti's studio in Paris

Space founded by the Giacometti Foundation will also include a research centre and a venue for temporary shows

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Photography

Tate's first photography curator Simon Baker named new director of Maison Européenne de la Photographie

Parisian photography centre's programme will show a "strong commitment to women and emerging artists"

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Museums

Rising river Seine causes closures at Musée du Louvre

Paris museum has shut its Islamic Arts department, while Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie are also on high alert

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Jeff Koons

Parisians turn noses up at Jeff Koons' Bouquet of Tulips—an homage to victims of terrorist attacks

There are mixed feelings to installing sculpture outside major museums in French capital

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Thefts

Thief walks out of Paris gallery with Botero’s Maternity statue

Galerie Bartoux staff discovered €425,000 bronze missing at closing time

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Photography

Henri Cartier-Bresson foundation to open bigger space in 2018

Converted garage in Paris' Marais district will host double the number of exhibitions

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Law

Conservative leaders oppose court order to remove cross from Pope John Paul II sculpture in France

Poland’s prime minister has offered to save the work from censorship and the “dictates of political correctness”

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Archives

Paris to open an LGBT archive centre in 2020

Move spurred by recent success of 120 Beats per Minute film about Aids activism

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Art market

Also Known As Africa expands horizons in Paris

Second edition of the contemporary art fair mirrors growing global attention on art from Africa, both commercially and institutionally

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Art market

Paris Photo expands into film and celebrates Karl Lagerfeld

The Chanel fashion designer has picked 100 pictures to present at the fair, revealing his affinity for black-and-white photography

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Art market

Paris photo auctions focus on single-owner sales

Led by a major Man Ray, auctions at Christie's, Sotheby's and Leclere play to sophisticated collectors in town for the Paris Photo fair

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Art market

Fine Arts Paris injects Old Masters into Paris Photo week

The new fair from the organisers of the Salon du Dessin mixes paintings, sculpture and drawings from the Renaissance to the contemporary

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Prizes

Dig for victory: artist duo win Prix Marcel Duchamp with urban excavation-themed work

French-Lebanese couple among shortlist of artists who were all born outside France

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Art market

Fiac welcomes design back to the fold

Fair celebrates art-design crossovers in public installations

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Museums

Reminted Monnaie de Paris reveals its treasures

France's historic coin factory has had a €75m makeover

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Art market

Rediscovered Chinese seal surfaces at auction in southwestern France

The soapstone seal is believed to be one of two used personally by Emperor Qianlong and was discovered in a French collection

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Art market

Location, location: first gallery opens on Paris’s Boulevard Magenta

The re-opened Untilthen gallery will show contemporary art in a domestic setting, off the beaten track near fashionable Canal St Martin

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Law

Islamic extremist liable for €2.7m in damages for destroying Timbuktu shrines

Ruling by the International Criminal Court sets an important precedent

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Street art

Thieves posing as Paris city employees caught on camera stripping street artist’s mosaics

Theft to order suspected as 15 works by French street artist Invader are stolen in 10 days

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Exhibitions

Perrotin to inaugurate Tokyo gallery with Soulages show

The 97-year old artist won prestigious Japanese Praemium Imperiale prize in 1992

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Prizes

Prix Marcel Duchamp, France's leading contemporary art prize, goes abroad

Shows at London's Whitechapel Gallery and in China aim to raise prize's international profile

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Auctions

Rediscovered Rodin sculpture surfaces at auction

A never-before-exhibited version of Andromède will be offered at Artcurial with an estimate of €800,000-€1.2m

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Artists give warm welcome to new French culture minister

Appointment of indie publisher Françoise Nyssen enthuses French cultural world

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Politics

French art world breathes sigh of relief as Macron wins presidency

Arts professionals hope that victory speech in front of the Louvre is a sign that the young president will bring new life to the culture sector

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Politics

French cultural groups organise anti-Le Pen rally

Organisers fear the presidential candidate's policies would curtail artistic freedom

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Prizes

First French art prize for female artists awarded 

Inaugural AWARE award went to Laetitia Badaut Haussmann and Judit Reigl

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Collectors

Maison Rouge, category-defying art space in Paris, to close in 2018

Gallerist and collector Antoine de Galbert says he wants to go out on a high